Frequently Asked Questions
- What do I get when I hire you to take my photographs?
- What is your hourly rate and do you offer pre-priced packages?
- Do you offer discounts?
- Do you offer print packages?
- How far in advance should I book you for a photo session?
- Do you travel?
- Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
- Do you shoot with film or digital?
- How many photographers do you work with?
- Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
- Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
- How soon after the photo session are my photos ready for viewing?
- Do you retain the copyright and rights to publish the photos?
- What are your payment terms?
What do I get when I hire you to take my photographs?
FREE Post-Production: Post-production work will be done to select photographs such as cropping, color-correction and digital enhancement.
FREE Online Photo Gallery with Print Ordering Shopping Cart Option: After your photo session, a password-protected online gallery will be provided via e-mail to share Web-ready images with family and friends featuring the “best of” photo selections. The gallery includes a shopping cart allowing you (and anyone you share the gallery link and password with) the ability to order and pay for prints and/or canvas wraps featuring photographs from your photo session.
INCLUDED High-Resolution Photographs: All photographs taken during the event will be provided as high-resolution JPEG files named according to the event and numbered sequentially. All photographs will be provided via DVD or USB Flash Drive (your choice) in a customized, personally designed keepsake case within two weeks of the photo session.
Printing Release: A lifetime printing release will also be included allowing you to print and use the photographs for personal use.
Lifetime Warranty Guarantee:￼ All digital files are archived on my server and burned to a secondary DVD as well. Should anything ever happen to your copy of the photographs (lost disc, computer failure, fire, theft, etc), I will replace the photographs free of charge (only shipping costs will apply for delivery for the replacement disc).
What is your hourly rate and do you offer pre-priced packages?
Every photography request is different, so my estimates are completely customized to individual needs. Pricing can vary on a number of factors such as how long the event will be, how many people I will be taking photographs of, the event location and so on. Please fill out my photography request form and let me provide you an estimate free of charge.
Do you offer discounts?
Absolutely! I often run special promotions which give a discount to my services. Please check my pricing page often for current promotional discounts! Other discounts are available for military personnel as well (please mention that you are in the military when filling out my quote request form).
Do you offer print packages?
Yes! High-quality prints and other printed products can be ordered through my high-end printing vendor via the online gallery that will be supplied to you after your photo session. A pricing sheet for albums, photo books and other specialty items is provided to you as well.
How far in advance should I book you for a photo session?
For weddings, my calendar typically fills up 12-18 months in advance. For the busiest months (May-June and Sept.-Oct.) it is usually closer to the 18 month mark. For engagements, portraits and commercial work, my calendar fills up at least 2-3 months ahead of time.
Do you travel?
I will travel anywhere for anything. When requested, I will work up an all-inclusive quote that includes all my travel costs and I do all the planning.
Do you have experience shooting in various lighting situations?
Yes, I have photographed weddings and events in a variety of lighting conditions ranging from outdoor weddings in the sun, rain, indoor ceremonies, candlelight receptions and even black light dance parties.
Do you shoot with film or digital?
Digital. I used film during my college days but have since fully migrated to the digital photography format.
How many photographers do you work with?
Regarding a second photographer / assistant, I photograph most of my weddings as an individual. 99% of what you see in my portfolio was taken by myself. For larger weddings and for wedding requests in which I am already booked, I have an associate photographer, Karla Collegeman that is my trusted assistant. Therefore to keep my costs low, I only offer second photographer coverage if requested. For the majority of weddings I work alone. However, if you are interested in having my associate Karla work with me that is certainly an option. Please note this is an extra cost and will increase the price of your estimate.
Do you have a replacement photographer in case you become unavailable on the day of the event?
Yes, I know several professional photographers that can fill in for me the day of the event should I become severely ill. Fortunately this has never occurred but I have plans in place in case it would.
Do you bring back-up equipment to the event in case of malfunction?
I bring with me several cameras, lenses, flashes, battery packs and memory cards so if any piece of my equipment should malfunction, I have a backup in place and ready.
How soon after the photo session are my photos ready for viewing?
Within one to two weeks after the photo session, a password-protected online gallery will be provided to you to preview the "best of" selections from the shoot. A week later you will then receive a package including all high-resolution images on one or multiple DVDs or a USB Flash Drive (your choice) in a customized, keepsake case.
Do you retain the copyright and rights to publish the photos?
I retain the copyright and right to publish the photos in my portfolio, blog and various social networks. However, you receive all of the photos in high-resolution format along with a lifetime printing release granting you permission to reproduce the photographs indefinitely.
What are your payment terms?
Upon estimate approval, 50% of the estimate total is required to reserve the date on my calendar. Two weeks prior to the event, or on the day of, I require the other 50% of the estimate. If the client cancels the event or project prior to completion, the estimate deposit will not be refunded.